I continue to be amazed by the power and depth of this community we call Heritage Church. As most of you know, we currently have several members who are dealing with significant life-threatening and terminal medical diagnoses – and our church family has consistently rallied around those families in wonderful, remarkable ways. There is a quote I used recently in a sermon:
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it is ordinary and mundane and routine. So, breathe in the amazing. Hold on to the awful. Relax, and exhale the ordinary. That is how we live – by leaning and breathing into this heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. That is how we make it breathtakingly beautiful.”
That quote captures the full range of our human existence. It reminds us how to embrace the full spectrum of our experiences as one beautiful whole – one interwoven quilt that, as the poet Blake tells us, is made more beautiful by “joy and woe, woven fine.” And it sums up, for me, not only the way of the world, but also the way life is these days in this community we are blessed to share at Heritage.
Hug those around you, my friends. If there is no one around to hug, come to church on Sunday – where hugs are both free, and plentiful. Look long and lovingly at the sunset. Or the stars. Or a child. A flower. A puppy. A spider’s web. “Memento Mori” – remember that you will die. And choose, in this breathtakingly beautiful moment that you do live, to breath deeply, love deeply, live deeply. Then share what you find in that moment, with others.
Blessed be. See you at church!